“…His leaf shall not wither…”

leaf pattern for Psalm 1:3

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

This is a lesson plan for older girls  or other young women  you may be mentoring.  Psalm 1 is a great scripture for teaching the importance of learning and meditating on the Word of  God and not giving in to peer pressure or cultural traditions that do not honor the LORD Jesus Christ. While you are quilting you can be giving the lesson ! The Hebrew for “blessed” is ‘esher…meaning much happiness, fulfillment and contentment. Notice there is a requirement for these blessings. Your girls will not find godly counsel from their unsaved peers, secular movies, T.V., music, magazines or other worldly influences.  These influences can also seep into the “church” as they had in King David’s day. For example,  he and the spiritual leadership thought the ark of the LORD could be transported by a new cart ! They were very mistaken. ( read about it in 2 Samuel 6) David had zeal and passion for the LORD, but  sometimes not according to knowledge.  There are certain places God’s kids should not “hang out”.  Talk about these places with your ladies. David fled to the land of the Philistines to hide from Saul instead of trusting the LORD to keep him safe in Israel.   Teach them that criticizing and mocking Christian leaders and ministries is Satan’s best work.  When we delight in God’s Word  we will use our tongues to bless and pray for others  and stick up for them when others mock the  “blood-bought” bride of Christ. Look what happened to Michal  when she criticized  David’s dancing before the ark ! (2 Sam. 6:20-23) Now balance out the lesson with what God has promised to those who love and delight in reading, studying, meditating and putting into practice what they read in the Bible.

smaller leaf pattern

Find a leaf that you like, or use the one provided.  Determine the size of your project and copy.  To transfer your design onto light-colored fabric (I used an old handkerchief), trace design with a pencil, then place face down on fabric and go over traced design again with a pencil  on a hard surface.  You should get a faint image. You will need some sort of fluffy filler (batting, gauze pad),  a piece of material for a backing, a needle for each girl and quilting thread .  If you have a hoop that is great but can work without one.  Pin all three layers together. With tiny stitches, follow the lines you have made . I made tiny dots on my pattern as a guide.  You can leave your project “as is” or color your leaf in with a marker. To finish it off  with a border  bring your backing material forward , pin the edges under and stitch as shown in sample.  To make it into a pillow, you will need another piece of material a little larger than you have been working with.  Fold any raw edges under and stitch all sides.  You might need a thimble to get through all your layers depending on your material.  Be sure and stuff it before stitching up your last side.

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